Literally, there are man camps. These are temporary housing, where men rent out a room or even just a bed. From what I heard, these man camps do provide showers, but we are talking back to High School group showers. In town there is a gas station that provides a shower for the small fee of $10.
It is sobering. If you are at rock bottom, checking out Willeston, ND might be a good option. There are jobs in abundance and the pay is unbelievable, but it will not be easy to find a place to lay your head. I am so proud of the men that are doing what it takes to make a wage, yet, my heart aches for all the pain that surrounds the people of that town.
A friend of ours, the father of six, went as a last ditch effort to find work with $100 dollars to his name. Financially things are looking up, but how does a man that loves his family spend three out four weeks away from his family? He does it because he has to, always praying things will change.
On the airplane to ND, I sat by a man from Minot, ND. His house had been flooded this spring. We are talking water to the tops of the windows. Him and his wife are living in the basement of a foster child they use to have. He is hoping for temporary housing from FEMA so they can move out. Their home is finally dried out, it is also see through. Yes, everything had to be torn out and you can literally see from the street to his backyard.
His story isn't much more upbeat now, because he cannot get an electrician for three months. Although he had a stack of dry wall waiting for him when he landed, he can't do anything until he gets an electrician. More waiting.
So what’s the point….I guess it is just a reminder to count your blessings and to snuggle close to the hard working man that comes home to you each night. Enjoy the dry house you live in. Life will always have its hard times, but God is good.
He makes our life good!!